2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK 320 3.2 from UK and Ireland
Sex on Wheels
I have owned this for 4 years nearly and has had its 4th service (b). To my surprise and shock the service report stated that the upper ball joints need replacing and the wishbones (not so urgent), I can't understand this as the car has only low mileage! Not impressed!
The ignition key is now failing to turn and have been told that the lock will need replacing (£££££!) My service and ball joints total was £1250, they did reduce it down to £960 as they thought it was execessive. I will leave the wishbones till later on which will cost £750 plus vat at the main dealer, think I will look for an alternative garage to do this!
Rust is now appearing around the boot lock handle, Mercedes are sorting this out FOC under the anti corrosion warranty.
The V6 is a lovely engine and is smooth, it pulls off the mark very quickly in the (S) mode, no complaints on this one!
The car drives lovely. It is a limited edition with the final cosmetic improvements before ending production. An eye catcher still!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th April, 2007
18th Apr 2007, 10:23
My SLK 200 (now sold) also presented with premature ball joint failure within 4 years of purchase from new. I suspect this is a design fault and use of old technology. I'm shocked by the repair cost - fortunately I was able to get mine through MOT without the need for replacement although the subsequent owner can't be too pleased!